Jacob Eason Named Georgia Starting QB by Head Coach Kirby Smart

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 11, 2017

Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason looks for a receiver during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Florida , Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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Georgia will not make any changes at quarterback before the start of the season, head coach Kirby Smart clarified Tuesday. 

"Jacob Eason is our starter going into the season. Jake Fromm's got to do something to beat him out," Smart said, per Edward Aschoff of ESPN. "Very similar to a lot of positions. You've got to beat them out. But we're very excited about both of them. Including Brice [Ramsey] we have three talented players."

Eason started 12 of his 13 games last season as a freshman.

After coming in as the No. 2 quarterback in the 2016 class, per Scout.com, he threw for 2,430 yards with 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions. The Bulldogs finished with an 8-5 record in Smart's first year at the helm.

Meanwhile, Fromm was also highly recruited as the No. 3 passer in the 2017 class, per Scout.com. The true freshman enrolled early and took advantage of the opportunity, impressing in spring practices as well as the spring game where he threw two touchdown passes.

It was enough that even the players aren't certain about who will end up as the starter.

"Jacob Eason was the quarterback last year, but if Jake Fromm can come out and play well, I think that will open it up for either one of them [to be the starter]," running back Nick Chubb said Tuesday, per Aschoff.

The latest statement from Smart provides a vote of confidence for Eason, but the depth chart still features plenty of uncertainty as Georgia tries to compete in the SEC East.

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